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NAACP President Joins A.M.E. Church and Black Community Leaders to Mobilize Black Voters in November

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WASHINGTON, DC – NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks met with the leadership of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church; Congressional Black Caucus Chair and Congressman G.K. Butterfield; Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, pastors, millennial activists and leaders of other national African American organizations to launch a mobilization plan for black voter turnout in the November election for the presidential and down-ballot races.

Issues that directly impact African Americans are at the center of the 2016 campaign, including criminal justice reform; voting rights; disrupting the broken education system; entrepreneurship; innovation; income inequality; and unemployment.  The leaders issued a call to action to the black community to vote at the same levels that elected and re-elected President Obama in 2008 and 2012, to secure increased influence over policies impacting black lives at the national, state and local levels.

“It is essential for black churches and social justice organizations to work together to maximize voting levels within the black community this Fall,” Brooks said. “The stakes of this election demand the kind of innovation and persistence we can only achieve through collaboration.”

Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Director for the AME church’s Commission on Social Action echoed this call. “Voter apathy is the greatest threat to democracy! For that reason, amev-alert.org has joined with the NAACP and other partners to reach out to every eligible voter. When they speak with their vote, on or before November 8th, the voice of the people will have resoundingly sent a message that social justice matters.”

This is the next step in the NAACP’s aggressive campaign to protect black Americans’ access to the ballot. Yesterday, the organization announced that its Youth & College Division members and Chance the Rapper will come together this Fall to register thousands of concert-goers to vote as part of the #staywokeandvote campaign. NAACP Youth & College volunteers will begin registration drives at the Magnificent Coloring Day Festival on Sept. 24 in Chicago, with registration drives to accompany concerts through Oct. 21 in Fairfax, VA, Raleigh, NC, Atlanta, GA, Miami and Tallahassee, FL, New Orleans, LA, Houston and Dallas, TX and San Francisco, CA.

The NAACP and allies have challenged individual state laws in federal court while calling for congressional action to prevent future attempts to restrict the voting process from candidates seeking office. Through volunteer-driven events across the nation, in communities and on college campuses, NAACP members are aggressively working this Fall to help register voters and stand against intimidation and discrimination in the November election.

Last week, President Brooks and NAACP Youth & College Division Director Stephen Green were ordered to pay fines and court costs for their refusal to leave Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s office after they held a six-hour sit-in protest on voting rights. The NAACP has repeatedly called on Goodlatte and other congressional leaders to hold a hearing to restore the voting rights protections that were eliminated under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby v. Holder ruling. Since that ruling, more than 17 states have passed restrictive and discriminatory laws  that make it more difficult for African-American, young, old and poor voters to cast ballots by requiring IDs and cutting back programs that led to record African-American turnout in recent elections.

Justice Department Announces $17.5 Million in Grants to Support Correctional Reform, Enhance Public Safety

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The Department of Justice announced awards totaling more than $17.5 million to state justice agencies and technical assistance partners to improve public safety and more effectively manage correctional populations and costs.

This year’s awards include $5.85 million to four state agencies (Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, and South Dakota) and two organizations that will assist these agencies: the Center for Effective Public Policy, Inc., and the University of Cincinnati. The remaining $11.6 million is being awarded to two non-government partner organizations—the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Crime and Justice Institute—to provide technical assistance to the 20 states currently receiving support with their data analysis, policy development, and implementation efforts.

“Correctional reform is a vital part of our efforts to make our criminal justice system more efficient, more effective, and more fair,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. “These awards advance that goal by reducing states’ prison populations and encouraging them to use proven strategies in their approach to criminal justice – changes that will not only ease public finances, but also improve public safety.”

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative provides participating states with a means for all three state government branches and other stakeholders to work together and implement results-oriented, data-driven justice systems reform. This funding also enable state leaders, with the input of stakeholders, to examine their states’ unique sentencing and corrections systems, investments and outcomes and make better-informed decisions about treatment, programs and prison/jail resources. Savings from these reforms are reinvested in high-performing public safety strategies. To date, 30 states have used the Justice Reinvestment Initiative to take a comprehensive look at their criminal justice systems.

The site-based awards, funded under the JRI: Maximizing State Reforms Program, supports states that have already adopted justice reinvestment policies to implement one or more strategies to further the goals of a state’s justice reinvestment reform efforts, including the commitment to data-driven decision making and investment in evidence-based practices and programs.

For more information about the Justice Reinvestment Initiative visit http://go.usa.gov/xZsqe.

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

Man Framed by Disgraced Cops Sues City “Crooked” Cops

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“Crooked” cops Cost him a decade of his life

 

Press conference today, 1 P.M., at 311 N. Aberdeen St.

A news conference will be held today to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit by Ben Baker against the City of Chicago and 17 police officers for framing him and covering it up for the decade Baker sat in prison.

The press conference will be held at  1 P.M. today, Thursday, September 15 at the new offices of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, 311 N. Aberdeen Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago.

The lawsuit alleges that a “code of silence” throughout the Chicago Police Department allowed disgraced former Police Sergeant Ronald Watts to run an extortion ring with impunity in the former Ida B. Wells housing project in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the city’s south side. Watts and Officer Kallatt Mohammed—who is also named in the lawsuit—were convicted of bribing a federal informant several years ago.

From 2004-2006, Mr. Baker was arrested three different times by members of Watts and his tactical team for alleged drug dealing.  In each instance, however, the drugs were planted by Watts and members of his crew—first in retaliation for Baker refusing to bribe Watts and then for Baker attempting to expose the corruption.  Baker testified to these facts at his 2006 trial but was not believed.  He was ultimately convicted twice and sentenced to terms totaling 18 years in prison.   

Earlier this year, both of Mr. Baker’s convictions were vacated. He received two Certificates of Innocence.

Recently released documents show that the FBI and Chicago Police Internal Affairs had Sgt. Watts and members of his tactical team under investigation for a systemic pattern of corruption while the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office was prosecuting Mr. Baker.  Mr. Baker alleges that if City officials had disclosed to him the information they knew about the pattern of misconduct, he would have used that information in his defense and not been convicted. 

Several of the officers named in the suit as taking part in the alleged corruption remain Chicago police officers today.

After Mr. Baker’s conviction, two CPD Officers, Shannon Spaulding and Daniel Echeverria blew the whistle on Watts’ tactical team and joined the ongoing FBI investigation. Instead of being rewarded for exposing police corruption, Spaulding and Echeverria alleged that top police brass retaliated against them. Earlier this year, the City settled a lawsuit with Spaulding and Echeverria on the eve of trial for $2 million.  

A copy of the suit, Ben Baker v. the City of Chicago, et al., #16-cv-8940, can be found here.

WHO:   Ben Baker, his family, supporters, and attorneys – Elizabeth Mazur, Joshua Tepfer and Russell Ainsworth of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law.

Mr. Baker is 44-years-old and his longtime partner are the parents of three grown children.

Loevy & Loevy is one of the nation’s largest civil rights law firms, and over the past decade has won more multi-million dollar jury verdicts than any other civil rights law firm in the entire country. Last November, Loevy & Loevy successfully obtained the release of the dashcam video of Laquan McDonald’s shooting death at the hands of Chicago police.

 

Chicago Man Sentenced in Deadly 2012 Crash

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A Chicago man has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for a DUI accident that caused the deaths of two young children, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

 

Joey Chavez, 40, was previously found guilty of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Causing the Death of Two or More Persons following a bench trial before Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood.

 

According to prosecutors, in the early evening hours on March 24, 2012, Chavez was driving a friend’s Mercury Mountaineer, traveling southbound on Western Boulevard at a high rate of speed. Chavez began to drive erratically, and at 43rd Street, ran a red light, swerved into oncoming traffic and sideswiped another vehicle. Chavez continued driving, swerving in and out of traffic and reaching speeds of nearly 70 mph. Chavez ran another red light at 45th Street and Western and crashed into the rear of a Dodge Neon with a family of four inside. The force of the crash caused the victims’ vehicle to spin around several times and strike a pole. The parents were severely injured but survived the crash.  Their children, a five-year-old boy and ten-month-old girl, died from their injuries.  Chavez was taken to the hospital for his injuries where his blood was drawn and tested positive for PCP and opiates.

 

Chavez appeared at a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago where Judge Flood imposed the 26 year sentence, which is to be served at 85 percent.

 

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Emily Stevens and Karin Swanson and the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.

Cook County Health to Increase Access to Care for Uninsured Residents

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The Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS), with support from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioners Bridget Gainer, Jesús “Chuy” Garcia and Robert Steele and the county wide Healthy Communities Cook County (HC3) Coalition, intends to launch a coordinated health program for uninsured individuals who live in Cook County.

 
“The Affordable Care Act has been instrumental in providing new insurance opportunities to more than 16 million Americans. Yet, there are still too many people in our community who remain uninsured.  Such a coordinated health program will improve access to care for uninsured Cook County residents and reinforce Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s 180-year-old mission to care for all, regardless of ability to pay,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

 
CCHHS has long-offered financial assistance services to patients who do not have the means to pay for care. Last year, CCHHS provided more than $400 million in uncompensated care. CCHHS’ current financial assistance program, CareLink, offers discounts on medical care through a sliding scale based on a patient’s income to individuals who are uninsured or not able to afford their commercial insurance deductibles. The program has nearly 40,000 enrollees.
Uninsured individuals have quantifiably poorer health compared to their insured peers<http://kff.org/report-section/the-uninsured-a-primer-key-facts-about-health-insurance-and-the-uninsured-in-the-era-of-health-reform-how-does-lack-of-insurance-affect-access-to-health-care/>. More than 50% of uninsured report having no usual source of health care. Without regular physician visits, an uninsured individual is more likely to have undiagnosed or undertreated chronic diseases<http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/~/media/Files/Report%20Files/2009/Americas-Uninsured-Crisis-Consequences-for-Health-and-Health-Care/Americas%20Uninsured%20Crisis%202009%20Report%20Brief.pdf> (like high blood pressure or diabetes), to be diagnosed with later stage diseases<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22707306> and with diseases known to be preventable with effective screening,  and to die earlier<http://www.pnhp.org/excessdeaths/health-insurance-and-mortality-in-US-adults.pdf> than an insured person.

 
“Health care is a human right. A person should be able to receive the necessary proactive medical care they need to live a healthy life and not have to only rely on emergency care when they are acutely ill,” said CCHHS CEO, Dr. Jay Shannon. “We see the impact the lack of health coverage has on people every day in our health system. We see it when a patient comes to us with uncontrolled diabetes and requires an amputation, or advanced stages of breast or colon cancer; conditions that could have been identified quickly in a primary care setting and treated early, preventing unnecessary suffering and cost.”

 
CCHHS has seen a significant decrease in the number of uninsured patients from nearly 55% in 2013 to 32% in 2015 since the adoption of the ACA. Still, nearly one in three CCHHS patients remain uninsured.

 
A coordinated health program will provide eligible residents with a membership card, member handbook and an assigned “medical home,” and primary care physician at one of CCHHS’ community health centers where they can receive consistent primary and specialty care at any CCHHS facility. All Cook County residents who earn up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and are not otherwise eligible for public insurance will be eligible for the program.

 
The idea for the program was conceived by CCHHS in collaboration with Commissioners Gainer, Garcia and Steele and the Cook County Health Care Task Force that was established by President Preckwinkle and Cook County Board of Commissioners in January 2016 which includes a coalition of community partners, HC3.

 
“We cannot have a healthy economy or a healthy city without a healthy workforce,” said Commissioner Gainer (D-Chicago). “That means having strong primary and preventive care – not just an emergency room. Cook County Hospital and this new direct access program will make this a reality for families and workers across Cook County.”

 
“This program will be critically important for people who do not have access to medical care due to their lack of insurance.  Many of them may have been forced to rely on local emergency departments for their health care, a practice that is expensive and can lead to fragmented care and poorer outcomes,” said Commissioner Garcia (D-Chicago).

 
“I know firsthand how important health insurance is, especially when you are faced with managing a long-term chronic illness,” said Commissioner Steele (D-Chicago). “This program will help thousands of people in our community access important primary care so they can protect their health and wellbeing.”

 
An estimated 900,000 people in Illinois (a majority of whom live in Cook County) remain uninsured because they are unable to afford commercial plans despite employer or federal subsidies, because they have not yet been enrolled in a public health plan for which they are eligible, or because of their immigration status.
“The HC3 coalition has been working for more than two years to address the pressing health care needs of the uninsured,” said HC3 member and SWOP community organizer Maggie Perales.” We organized our communities from the city and suburbs and engaged hundreds of uninsured county residents to create a vision for a program that would provide comprehensive health care access to those without insurance. Today, we are thrilled that the needs of our community leaders have been heard and have led to the establishment of this new program. We look forward to continuing to partner with CCHHS and our county commissioners to ensure all Cook County residents have access to the affordable health care services they need and deserve.”

 
“I am here today because I know that the new CCHHS direct access program that the HC3 coalition, President Preckwinkle and our county commissioners helped create, will give uninsured Cook County residents a better opportunity to get their illnesses diagnosed and treated than I had. I suffered a leg amputation and other diabetes related complications because I could not afford regular health care, but now thousands of county residents will be assigned a medical home and will now have access to affordable preventative health care on a regular basis,” said HC3 member, Access Living community leader, and CCHHS patient Jose Manuel.

 
The Cook County Board of Commissioners’ Workforce Committee will consider an ordinance establishing a coordinated health program (also referred to as a direct access program) on September 14 that will be referred to the full Board the same day.

 
Following County Board approval, CCHHS will develop an operational structure for the coordinated health program as well as a transition plan for current CareLink members and other eligible patients to enter into the new program beginning in early 2017.

 
Successful coordinated health programs for the uninsured have been established in many metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

AEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Laud Black and Latino Small Businesses; Work to Ease Capital Challenges for Minority Small Businesses

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Event Features Entrepreneurs – Producer Nely Galán and Super Model Beverly Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. showcased African American and Hispanic small businesses, while hosting a discussion on the need to improve access to capital so minority businesses can create jobs in their communities and revitalize Main Streets across the country.

Highlighting the event were well-established, entrepreneurs Nely Galán, a producer and former Telemundo President of Entertainment, and Beverly Johnson, a Super Model, actress, and businesswoman. Ms. Galán and Ms. Johnson told the audience about the challenges they faced and overcame on their roads to success.

 

“We were pleased to have Nely and Beverly tell their stories so they can inspire others to take bold steps towards starting their own businesses,” said Connie Evans, AEO’s President and CEO. “The discussion also acknowledged the need to improve financial options for those starting and trying to sustain their businesses. We shined a spotlight on several successful businesses and the partnerships that are supporting them.”

 

Noting that both the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses are in Washington for their annual meetings, Ms. Evans said, “We want to remind these lawmakers of the importance of small businesses in their communities and encourage them to continue their legislative support for measures that will allow small businesses to expand.”

 

The event also underscored the importance of JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business Forward initiative, a $30 million, five-year program aimed at growing local, community-based small businesses through a combination of targeted lending to minority-owned businesses, new kinds of community development financing and technical assistance for entrepreneurs. Through this work, JPMorgan Chase is helping minority- and community-based small-business owners become engines of job growth and economic vitality in the neighborhoods they serve.

 

“The nation is recovering from the recession, but many disadvantaged neighborhoods, where low-income people live, are being left behind,” said Janis Bowdler, Head of Small Business Initiatives, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase. “A strong community- and neighborhood-based small-business sector means more local jobs and increased economic opportunity and mobility.”

 

Small Business Forward includes investment in the Valley Economic Development Corporation’s (VEDC) work in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to fund early-stage minority-owned small businesses so they can expand and serve their communities. VEDC, an AEO member, provides affordable business assistance services, direct financial assistance, entrepreneurial training, and economic development to individuals and businesses.

 

For instance, Luis Pichardo, owner of Bella Lounge Salon in New York City, grew up working in the beauty salon his parents owned. Years, later he wanted to start his own salon. Unable to obtain traditional financing through a bank, he received a loan from a VEDC program through its National African American Small Business Loan Fund, which is supported by JP Morgan Chase. This loan allowed him to purchase equipment and hire employees. “VEDC provided critical financing,” he said. “It was just what I needed to get the salon up and running.”

In Manhattan, Spoonfed New York Country Group offers Southern comfort cuisine in the heart of the Theater District. William “Randy” Stricklin-Witherspoon has been delivering meals to customers throughout the theater district and providing catering services to Broadway shows. With a $600,000 loan from VEDC Mr. Stricklin-Witherspoon is opening a restaurant on W. 51st Street serving “Southern Fusion” style cuisine.

 

OC Isaac, VEDC Vice President of National Strategic Initiatives, said that VEDC understands the role that small businesses play in revitalizing communities by creating jobs and providing services and products.

 

“Small businesses are an important engine for expanding the economy, and providing opportunities in communities of color,” he said. “We are proud of entrepreneurs like Mr. Stricklin-Witherspoon and Mr. Pichardo, who are running their own businesses and sustaining and creating jobs. We are here to help them along the away.”

 

The event can be seen live via a webcast at:

http://mymajicdc.hellobeautiful.com/3645535/watch-live-tomorrow-inclusion-is-the-new-currency-hosted-by-the-association-for-enterprise-opportunity/

About Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is the voice of innovation in microbusiness and microfinance in the United States. For 25 years, AEO and its more than 450 member/partner organizations have helped millions of entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth while supporting themselves, their families and their communities. AEO members and partners include a broad range of organizations that provide capital and services to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing and expanding their businesses. Together, we are working to change the way that capital and services flow to underserved entrepreneurs so that they can create jobs and opportunities for all. Learn more about The Association for Enterprise Opportunity at http://www.aeoworks.org/

About JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

 

Archbishop Cupich to Celebrate Red Mass; Sponsored by Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago

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The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago invites lawyers, judges and all those who work in the legal system to attend the 82nd annual Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, traditionally known as “The Red Mass,” at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago. Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will serve as the Principal Celebrant and Homilist.

A reception following Red Mass at Loyola University, 111 East Pearson, 16th Floor, Chicago, Illinois. Cost is $75; students and clergy are free.

The reception honors Judge Virginia M. Kendall, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, recipient of 2016 Catholic Lawyer of the Year, and James J. Convery, Partner, Laner Muchin, the recipient of the Catholic Lawyers Guild Special Service Award.

For more information and to register: http://www.chicagoredmass.org

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Mourns the loss of former State Senator and Representative Ethel Skyles Alexander

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois recently lost one of its longtime public service pioneers, Ethel Skyles Alexander. The former State Representative and Senator Ethel Skyles Alexander transitioned from her earthly home on Saturday, September the 10th, 2016. Ms. Alexander was one of the Founding members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (ILBCF).

 

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation offered the following statement:

 

“The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation mourns the loss of former legislator and Black Caucus member Ethel Skyles Alexander. Her legacy of leadership in public service will continue to live on and serve as a reflection of continued commitment to our community. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Alexander.  We would like to thank the family for sharing Ms. Alexander with us while she served our great state.”

 

Ethel Skyles Alexander was born on January 16, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. Alexander worked as a clerk in the Cook County Circuit Court’s Records Department for 33 years. She was the first woman to be appointed Assistant Chief Deputy Clerk of the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court.

 

In 1978, Ms. Alexander was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. She was known for waving a red handkerchief in the air whenever she wanted to discuss an issue with fellow legislators. In 1986, Ms. Alexander was appointed to replace the late Charles Chew in the State Senate, where she remained until she retired in 1993. While in the legislature, Ms. Alexander served as vice-chair of the Elections and Reapportionment Committee. She co-sponsored a bill that prohibited state agencies from trading with apartheid-era South Africa and sponsored legislation that toughened child pornography laws.

 

Ms. Alexander was also known for her legislation she championed titled the “Rape Shield Law”, which protects rape victims from having their sexual reputation or past used against them during trial.

 

Ms. Alexander’s Father, Charles Skyles, was one of the early black legislators elected to the General Assembly.

 

Below are details for Ethel Skyles Alexander visitation, funeral and burial:

 

Wake/Visitation:
Friday, September 16, 2016
Progressive Funeral Home
72nd and Stony Island Avenue-Chicago
3:00-7:00pmFuneral/Repass:
Saturday, September 17, 2016
1st Church of Deliverance
43rd and Wabash Avenue-Chicago
10:00 amBurial:
Oak wood Cemetery
1035 E. 67th Street, Chicago

 

President Obama Statement on the Memorandum of Understanding Reached With Israel

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President Barack Obama: As I have said repeatedly, America’s commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable.  Over the past eight years, my Administration has time and again demonstrated this commitment in word and deed.  Since Fiscal Year 2009, the United States has provided Israel with $23.6 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) funds and another $3.4 billion in funding for missile defense.  The new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on security assistance that my Administration signed with the Government of Israel today is just the most recent reflection of my steadfast commitment to the security of the State of Israel.  The new MOU constitutes the single largest pledge of military assistance in U.S. history, totaling $38 billion over 10 years, including $33 billion in FMF funds and an additional $5 billion in missile defense funding. Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and I are confident that the new MOU will make a significant contribution to Israel’s security in what remains a dangerous neighborhood.  The continued supply of the world’s most advanced weapons technology will ensure that Israel has the ability to defend itself from all manner of threats.

For as long as the state of Israel has existed, the United States has been Israel’s greatest friend and partner, a fact underscored again today. This commitment to Israel’s security has been unwavering and is based on a genuine and abiding concern for the welfare of the Israeli people and the future of the State of Israel.  It is because of this same commitment to Israel and its long-term security that we will also continue to press for  a two-state solution to the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, despite the deeply troubling trends on the ground that undermine this goal. As I have emphasized previously, the only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable Palestine.  Ultimately, both this MOU and efforts to advance the two-state solution are motivated by the same core U.S. objective that has been shared by all administrations, Democratic and Republican, over the last several decades – ensuring that Israelis can live alongside their neighbors in peace and security.

NAACP Youth and Chance the Rapper to Stay Woke and Vote This Fall

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BALTIMORE – Youth & College Division members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Chance the Rapper will come together this fall to register thousands of concert-goers to vote as part of the organization’s #staywokeandvote campaign.

Teams of volunteers with the civil rights organization’s Youth & College Division will be on hand at the ground-breaking artist’s performances across the country as part of the Magnificent Coloring World Tour . Volunteer NAACP youth members will be available to help first-time voters register and vote in the Nov. 8th election.

“Chance the Rapper is an artist whose music praises and lifts up our common humanity, and whose call for action speaks to the yearning of this moment,” said Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP. “This year, more than it has in a generation, we must use the power of our voices and our votes and exercise our sacred right to vote.”

A native of Chicago, Chancellor Bennett has emerged as a brilliant performer who has united artists through poetry and soul. Outside the studio, the self-made artist has united a collective of Hip-Hop’s stars to create his latest album, Coloring Book.

“Voting and becoming knowledgeable about this year’s upcoming presidential election is imperative. With a great deal of help from the NAACP, I have been able to provide this awesome opportunity for people to sign up and make the pledge to vote at a few of my upcoming shows,” Bennett said. “This is super important to me because I want my fans to know that their voices matter and that their vote counts now more than ever.”

In the era of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, where police brutality, criminal justice, and voting rights issues are at the forefront of national conversations, music provides a unique opportunity to create a world for all people thrive if we are committed to becoming active, informed, and vocal citizens. The NAACP Youth and College Division intends to bring the intersection of arts and activism to inspire civic action for a new generation.

“Chance the Rapper is a unique artist whose independence is a reflection of our millennial generation, who for the first time match the number of baby Boomers in the electorate” said Stephen Green, director of the NAACP Youth & College Division. “We’re pleased to join with Chance and the millions of young people who this year to become passionate activists and agents of change this year.”

In addition to distributing registration information and signing up volunteers, NAACP Youth and College Division members in each tour stop will run an Information Table to provide civic engagement resources and NAACP membership information to concertgoers.

Registration drives are scheduled to begin at the Magnificent Coloring Day Festival on Sept. 24 in Chicago, with registration drives to accompany concerts through Oct. 21 in Fairfax, VA, Raleigh, NC, Atlanta, GA, Miami and Tallahassee, FL, New Orleans, LA, Houston and Dallas, TX and San Francisco, CA.

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